Exactly. What's the point? If the only way you can lose is by making terrible decisions that lower the villager population than what point is there to build up the city except for thematic reasons? I feel like that lose condition is mainly superfluous. If the game killed villagers or raised the threat more often it would make building up the city an actual challenge. But as long as there are three valor cubes amongst the players you've basically won, unless someone makes the decision to discard villagers every chance they get or if someone keeps loading a private dungeon with threat cubes (which probably won't happen if the arcane guild isn't in play).
It seems like you'd have to purposefully lose.
I guess it just doesn't seem like the game fights back much.
You are soo right. The coop part is super easy, while the vs part is totaly unbalanced. This game is terrible, i hate to admit it since i belived in it so much. My first kickstarter, the worst of them all.
This is not football. In boardgaming if you have a semi coop game both parts have to work. The vs game qorks in some way, the coop is almost imposible to loose.